Introduction: Exceptionality



The Introduction offers a detailed overview of Agamben’s theory of the state of exception and an exploration of how the present book interprets and uses his concepts in its analysis of sex, time, and space in contemporary fiction. It begins by offering an examination of Agamben’s theory of the state of exception, paying particular attention to the role of time and space therein. Correlatively, this chapter opens up the concept of exceptional sex through a reading of Agamben’s writings on sex in his work on the state of exception. Importantly, this chapter explores the expansive nature of the concept of exceptionality and how it may be used in literary studies to enhance the understanding of narratology and the practice of reading itself. It closes with a summary of the chapters.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Social, Historical, Literary StudiesUniversity of PortsmouthHampshireUK

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